I’ve had the pleasure of being a 35+ year veteran of the biopharmaceutical industry, and during that time, I have seen some incredible innovations which have led to dramatic improvements in human health.
Earlier in my career, I had the transformative experience of personally working on a team that developed one of the early therapies to treat HIV. As a result, my work exposed me to the LGBTQ community and the devastation of the virus. What I still remember to this day was the deep despair that the LGBTQ community felt over the years as they struggled to get the broader public to understand this global epidemic, but finding themselves ignored and dismissed because “it only affects them.” After decades of education and research, I feel remarkably proud that our industry was able to continue to innovate and find ways to deal with HIV so that today people with the virus can live long, healthy lives.
As a health care executive, I feel strongly that we have the responsibility to do everything we can to improve the lives of all people, regardless of their background, culture or identity. This includes taking additional measures to assure that organizations are supportive of workplace diversity. At Mallinckrodt, I take great pride that we are routinely recognized by the Human Rights Campaign and PRISM International as being a leader in LGBTQ workplace equality. This is something that only happens when you make diversity and inclusion a priority. Surrounding yourself with people of different backgrounds and perspectives gives you the ability to make better, more informed decisions to better serve your customers, patients and other diverse stakeholders.
Having family members and friends who are part of the LGBTQ community has given me the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual, and I’m enriched because of it. As far as our society has come, from the early days of the HIV outbreak, we still have more work to do to ensure the fair treatment of our fellow human beings. My resolve to continue making Mallinckrodt a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds remains as strong as ever. The recent social justice movement in our country has shown that lacking personal bigotry is not enough to create a better world. We must put our values into action every day.
To all of our LGBTQ employees and allies, Happy Pride.
President and CEO, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals